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Tuesday, 27 April 2004

IPKAT RIDDLE: HAVING FUN WITH TWINS


The BBC reports that the comely twin actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are suing video game publisher Acclaim for $178,000 in unpaid royalties. This item has led the IPKat into some idle speculation along the following lines: if Acclaim take a licence to use the name and likeness of one identical twin, and the licence explicitly provides that the licensee may use two images of the same twin together, it would appear at first blush that it would be unnecessary for the licensee to obtain a second licence from the other twin. This leads to the riddle: what cause of action (if any) might the other twin have against (i) the licensing twin and (ii) the licensee, to compensate for loss of licence income?

More on twins here, here and here
Unrelated lookalikes here, here and here
Fear of lookalikes here

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